RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Tu Holloway scored a career-high 33 points and made all 17 of his free throws Saturday, leading Xavier to its seventh straight victory in a 85-62 win against Richmond.
Holloway scored 14 points in a row for the Musketeers at one stretch of the second half, and Xavier (15-5, 7-0 Atlantic 10) moved into first place in the conference. Duquesne, the other unbeaten team in league play, can regain a share of the lead Sunday against Dayton.
Justin Harper scored 20 points to lead Richmond (16-6, 5-2), which lost for the third time in its last five home games. The Spiders were outscored 29-10 at the free throw line against Xavier, which missed only one free throw out of 30 attempts.
Kenny Frease added 19 points for the Musketeers. Dan Geriot had 15 for Richmond, Darien Brothers had 14 and Kevin Anderson 10, though he missed 12 of his 16 field goal tries.
Holloway, the league scoring leader coming into the game with a 20.5 average, broke his previous best of 31 points, which he scored against Seton Hall on Nov. 21, with a layup.
His perfect performance at the line was still seven shy of the Division I record. Oklahoma State's Arlen Clark made all 24 of his free throws against Colorado in March 1959.
Holloway scored only two during a 14-2 run for the Musketeers that let them pull away after Richmond closed to within 42-40 early in the second half, but he then scored Xavier's next 14 as they built their lead to 68-51 with 6:34 to go. Richmond never challenged again.
The Musketeers scored the last six points of the first half to lead 36-29 at the break. The final two came when Holloway, inbounding the ball under the basket with 1.3 seconds left, tossed it off Geriot's back, stepped in, grabbed the carom and laid it in at the buzzer.
The play gave Holloway five points in the last 1.3 seconds because he also drew a foul from Darien Brothers when he went up for a desperation 3-pointer and Brothers fouled him.
The back-turned gaffe by Geriot clouded a stellar half for him. He made all three of his 3-point shots and led both teams with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.
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